Friday, August 6, 2010

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment)

RYPEN is a 3 day camp and program for 14 to 17 year old boys and girls. The aim is to communicate to these young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards, and also to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.

RYPEN is an intensive program, consisting of plenary sessions, workshops, sport and entertainment activities. Participants are given the opportunity to learn from achievers in the worlds of business, sport and entertainment and presenters will talk at keynote sessions and share their experiences with participants while emphasizing the need to work hard and stay focused.

At the same time participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds and also improving their teamworking and leadership skills. This is all done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debate are encouraged. Previous RYPEN participants also report having a lot of fun!

Nominees are accommodated in dormitory style modern rooms, and all meals are provided in a communal dinning room. The District RYPEN Committee live in for the duration of the camp and provide counselling and security.

The next RYPEN camp will be held at Mogo from 17-19 September 2010. If you know a young person from the Merimbula area who you would like to nominate them, please contact the Rotary Club of Merimbula for more information.

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